Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern: a 'delightful' yet 'devastating' show

The acclaimed South African photographer captures their subjects with 'unflinching directness'

Julie I, Parktown, Johannesburg 2016
The exhibition is back for an international tour
(Image credit: Zanele Muholi / Yancey Richardson, New York)

"Confrontational, distressing and, bluntly, off-putting." is how Laura Freeman described the first room of the new Zanele Muholi exhibition at Tate Modern. 

From blood and scars to threesomes and strap-on dildos, the subjects of the South African artist's photographs felt akin to an "ambush" on the senses, she said in The Times. "I couldn't have taken a whole exhibition like it." 

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Irenie Forshaw is a features writer at The Week, covering arts, culture and travel. She began her career in journalism at Leeds University, where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Gryphon, before working at The Guardian and The New Statesman Group. Irenie then became a senior writer at Elite Traveler, where she oversaw The Experts column.